More than half of Floyd County’s electric utility customers remain without power today after a massive storm downed trees, knocked down lines, sparked fires and left a wake of damage throughout the region.

At 7:30 a.m. Appalachian Power reported 5,213 of the county’s 9,018 customers without power.  In Virginia, 235,064 homes and businesses remain dark today.

The storm, with winds reported above 80 miles per hour, knocked down trees, power lines, damaged homes and sparked fires throughout the region.  Riding home on my Harley shortly after 9 p.m. last night, I had to fight winds, debris, flying limbs and even one falling tree.

A group of Floyd Countians playing bingo in Christiansburg came home early Friday night after power went out and cut their games short.

Our generator, after soldering through the night, began acting up this morning, changing RPM and providing wavering power to the house. I shut it off, let it cool down, added some oil and it’s running fine again.

It’s going to be a long, hot and powerless weekend.  AEP admits it may be days or even weeks before power is restored to the all customers in the region.